Colgate University

Men's D1 Coach: Matt Karweck
4 / 10
2,958 Undergrads / 2,969 Students
7 / 10
$23,058 Net Price
10 / 10
25% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Patriot League

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Town: Distant

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
9 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
84% / 89%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
On campus housing is provided and is required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

Top recruits who are well rounded and lead both on the field and in the classroom can use their grades to open doors, which in lacrosse recruiting is the number of colleges you can play for. We spoke with Colgate University, Head Coach Mike Murphy, about what young players can do in order to continue to grow as a lacrosse player and as an individual.

In his third season at the helm of the Colgate men’s lacrosse program, Coach Murphy has compiled an impressive 31-18 (.632) record and has been to the Patriot League Tournament three times. In 2012 he led the Colgate Raiders to a Patriot League regular-season title. Finishing with a record of 14-4, including a 6-0 road mark, a 6-2 record against nationally-ranked opponents, and a win over undefeated No. 1 Massachusetts in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to becoming the head coach at Colgate University, Murphy, served as an assistant coach at Army. In his seven seasons with the Black Knights, Coach Murphy’s defensive teams consistently ranked among the best both in the Patriot League and nationally. Having coached for and against some best teams in the country, Coach Mike Murphy offers great prospective on the college lacrosse landscape.

What advice do you have for players interested in Division I schools?

Get your grades up; the most important thing is to focus on schoolwork. My advice, even for the young guys who make that early commitment and think the pressure is off them because they’ve already committed to play somewhere is to continue working hard and take Advance Placement and Honors courses in High School that challenge you. The intensity of college and the workload you are expected to handle is an eye opener for many young people and by taking a challenging course load in High School you can better prepare yourself for college.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar ?

The best way for players to get on my recruiting radar is to be proactive. Show coaches you have an interest in their program. Create a recruiting profile that shows coaches the tournaments and showcases you will be attending as well as any highlight clips you may have. Attend coach’s prospect days, for example the Colgate Prospect day is run like a regular Colgate practice. We limit it to a maximum of 50 players and bring in local DIII coaches to help increase competition and exposure.

What type of player’s do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

Colgate looks for guys that are going to compete and play hard. There isn’t a perfect model of a lacrosse player that we look for but we are looking for guys who work hard at their game and have begun to hone their skills. Players, who can play both sides of the field and contribute positively on both offense and defense. Midfielders that can play in between the lines and be go both ways. Attackmen who can make crisp clean passes and finish around the cage. Long Poles that can run well and can translate defense into offense. At Colgate, we want guys that are always trying to improve their game and who compete in and out of the classroom.

What areas of player development would you recommend players to focus on?

The areas of development that I would recommend players to work on are first their stick skills. If you’re an athletic kid with polished stick skills then you don’t have to worry as much about that in college. Instead you can worry more about learning the game and how to make your teammates better. Players who constantly work on their stick skills are able to pick up the college game quicker. Take your stick out in the yard and work on your skills by throwing the ball off the wall, the wall will never get tired, I promise. We like to see players who have great lacrosse IQ’s and know the ins and outs of the game. An awesome way to do this is to simply watch lacrosse. There are plenty of ways to stream, watch and learn about the game.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

At Colgate before we can fully commit to a player we have to make sure that their academic standing matches their athletic ability. This makes us susceptible to the accelerated recruiting process because we cannot offer scholarships to players until we are positive they can handle the academic rigors of Colgate University. However, accelerated recruiting allows us to find kids that fall through the cracks. Colgate University, which would be considered a midmajor in basketball terms, finds kids that develop late and turn into really good players. Personally, I dislike the accelerated recruiting process because of the negative effects it has on the players and their families.

The accelerated recruiting process pressures young players into making a decision early in their lacrosse careers before really finding out more information about the school. Factors such as distance, cost, style of play, academics are all important parts of making your college decision. I believe the accelerated recruiting process is the cause for players making regretful decisions and the reason for transfer rates in college increasing.

Great, thanks Coach Murphy. Any final thoughts?

As a coach you want players who come into your program and are willing to accept roles. Take Peter Baum for example, arguably the best player in Colgate Men’s Lacrosse history, Peter made a conscious decision to go to Colgate University and was able to play and start all four years. It’s all about finding the right fit and deciding on a school were you can see the field and make a positive impact on the program.

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Team Road Trips

The team predominantly travels up and down on the East Coast. Road games are played in Burlington, VT, Worcester, MA and Baltimore. Other trips in the past include Bethlehem, PA and Michigan.

Recruit Commits
William Rose Seton Hall Prep Morristown, NJ Def, LSM
John Hartzell Rye High School, Rye NY Rye, NY Faceoff, Mid
Hunter Drouin Pinkerton Academy Derry, NH Att
Joe Azelby Eastlake High School Sammamish, WA Def
Vin Maxwell Lake Washington Highschool Kirkland, WA Att
Donnie Tedesco Delbarton Essex Fells, NJ Mid
Brandon Ventarola Mount Sinai Mount Sinai, NY Mid
Ethan Cronk Ridgewood High School (NJ) Ridgewood, NJ Faceoff
Rory Connor Manhasset High School Manhasset, NY Att
Joe Walsh Coronado, CA Coronado, CA Goal
Jacob Sposita Detroit Catholic Central HS Novi, MI Mid
Jack Budniewski Benilde St. Margarets Minneapolis, MN Faceoff, Mid
Nathan Fasanaro Wando High School Charleston , SC Att
Andrew Bonnet Highland Park High School Dallas, TX LSM, Def
Thomas Colucci Seton Hall Prep Westfield, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Brian Wilmans Bullis School Leesburg, VA Mid, Faceoff
Donny Gayhardt Malvern Prep School Malvern, PA Def
Alex Pistorius Torrey Pines HS San Diego, CA Att
Christian Barnard Brunswick Greenwich, CT Goal
Conner Brook Colorado Academy Denver, CO Mid
Jack Posey Freedom South Riding, VA Def
Jake Wingate Chatham Chatham, NJ LSM
Michael Lia Ridgewood Ridgewood, NJ Def
Taylor Musa Riverside Ashburn, VA Att
Thomas Colucci Seton Hall Prep Westfield, NJ Faceoff, Mid
Michael Lia Ridgewood Ridgewood, NJ Def
Jack Posey Freedom South Riding, VA Def
Brian Wilmans Bullis School Potomac, MD Mid
Jake Wingate Chatham Chatham, NJ LSM
Taylor Musa Riverside Leesburg, VA Att
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Events By Colgate University Coaches
Sep 30 '18
Hamilton, NY
Men's 13-18
Oct 20 '18
Newtown Square, PA
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Oct 28 '18
St. Louis Park, MN
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Sep 15 '19
Hamilton, NY
Men's 13-18
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Test Scores
Critical Reading
640 - 720
670 - 780
1350 - 1500
32 - 35
28 - 32
31 - 34

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported.

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Applicants 9,716 4,476 5,240
% Admitted 25% 23% 27%
% Admits That Enroll 34% 35% 33%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.69
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  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Social Sciences (29%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (18%)
    Psychology (7%)
    English Language & Literature (6%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (5%)
    Physical Sciences (5%)
    Foreign Languages (4%)
    History (4%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies (4%)
    Philosophy & Religious Studies (4%)
    Education (3%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (3%)
    Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies (2%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (2%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (2%)
    Liberal Arts & Sciences
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    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$55,870
    Books & Supplies$1,040
    Cost of Living$13,995
    Personal Expenses$1,370
    Sticker Price$72,275

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    49% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship41%$46,802
    Federal Grants10%$5,480
    Pell Grants10%$4,711
    Other Federal2%$4,000
    State & Local Grants6%$2,144
    Institutional Grants41%$45,286
    Student Loans23%$6,640
    Federal Loans21%$3,692
    Other Loans5%$16,134

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $924 Million $311,083

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $16,125.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,500 $171

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 1.4%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 516 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $63,600

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 3.98 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 84% of students graduate on time.

    Events Attending
    Trackable Events
    Tiger Elite 88 - Session 1
    Jul 20 '20
    NJ: Princeton
    Prime Time College Experience
    Dec 2 '18
    CT: Stamford
    The Und1sputed Showcase Mens
    Jul 13 '18
    NY: Hicksville
    Prime Time College Experience 2017
    Oct 29 '17
    CT: Stamford
    All Canada Mens
    Jun 27-29 '17
    ON: Oshawa
    NYLA Summer Showcase
    Jun 10 '17
    NY: Garden City
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    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 5 5
    Fondling 1 1
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 1 1
    Burglary 13 12
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson 1 -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
    Undergrad InstructionArts & sciences focus, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionPostbaccalaureate: Education-dominant, with Arts & Sciences
    Enrollment ProfileVery high undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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